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Beulah Nalley Bowen


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Beulah Nalley Bowen, a resident of Palos Verdes Peninsula for more than 60 years, died December 9th at the age of 89. Her husband of 61 years, Hal Strong Bowen, preceded her in death in 2003. For many years as she raised her children, Beulah served the community and was a force for good on the Peninsula. She was co-founder of several organizations: the local chapter of the National Charity League, Los Companeros, and the Special Children's League. She also helped found the preschool at St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church.

Beulah was a dedicated supporter of the arts, serving on the board of the Palos Verdes Arts Center, known as the "Circle." In addition, she enjoyed gardening, was an accomplished tennis player, gourmet cook, and gracious hostess.

With all her activities, it is as a loving mother and grandmother that her family best remembers her. The grandchildren have fond memories of the sleepovers, breakfasts in bed, Easter egg hunts, Santa cookies and the special cakes she made for their birthdays.

In later years, Beulah enjoyed her tennis-playing friends, the "Ladies of the Court," as they gathered weekly at Starbucks. But she cherished most the company of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beulah was born October 15, 1921 in Neosho, Missouri, the third of five children born to George and Vella Nalley. She spent her childhood on the family farm in southern Missouri. After graduating from high school, she went for one semester to Southwest Missouri College, and then moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA.

While living with her cousin, Myrna, in Brentwood she met what her children describe as the "love of her life," Hal Bowen. Hal proposed to Beulah at the Coconut Grove with Bing Crosby providing the romantic background music.

Their marriage was blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. She is survived by three of those children, Christopher Fleet Bowen, ( Wendy) of Newport Beach; Ann Bowen Buck, (Mark) of Hawaii; and Barbara Bowen Paullin (Mark) of Palos Verdes Estates; grandchildren Chris, Jr., Allison, David, Holly, Barbara, Julie, Kainoa, Kimberly, Jacqueline, Blake, Chapin, and Christian and great-grandchildren Sophia, Davin, Joshua, Emma, Hudson, Beck, Elin, and Owen. Two sisters, Emmaline Nelson and Mary Ruth Lester, both of Missouri, also are among her survivors.

Services were held December 17th at St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church with the Reverend Dr. Clayton Cobb officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church.Please sign the guest book at www.pvnews.com.
Published in Daily Breeze on Dec. 23, 2010
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